The most common cause of roof problems within the first 10 years of a new roof is caused by poor installation or sloppy workmanship. From overlooking a connection or driving a nail too far, to just plain inattention to detail, too many “budget” roofers make mistakes that cause leaks and leaks can eventually become roof failure. When it comes to your roof, hiring the cheapest you can find is almost always a bad idea.
For example, using nail guns on a roof is faster and cheaper for the roof contractor but always results in problems within a few years. Some companies use them to speed up the installation process others use them simply because it’s easier than hand nailing. As we often say, “No matter the reason, in our experience, nail gunned roofs have problems 100% of the time”.
At Atlanta Roofing Specialists, you’ll never see us using a nail gun, precisely because it simply results in shoddy work. Using hammers instead of nail guns is just one part of the attention to detail we bring to every roof we install.
Over a quarter century of experience has taught us that paying attention to details and doing the best job you can is a win-win for both the homeowner and the roof contractor.
Inadequate knowledge of the materials they work with or knowing the nuances of roof installation is also a big problem in the roofing industry. We continuously field calls from homeowners with newer roofs having problems that could have been avoided had the roof been installed properly.
In Georgia, there is no official roof contractor certification nor licensing required to become a roof contractor, as such, anyone with a ladder, a hammer, and a truck can claim to be a roof contractor. So choosing an experienced, knowledgeable roofer is left up to the homeowner to sort out.
Fortunately, in this age of the internet, researching a roofing company couldn’t be easier! From third party review sites like Yelp and Google to the BBB and industry certifications, finding an established reputable roof contractor is in reach for everyone.
Do your homework, check out every roof contractor you consider and hire based on quality and not cost and you can avoid the problems of hiring a sub standard roofer.
As they say, the devil is in the details especially when it comes to your roof. You want the perfectionists, the ones who take the time to make sure every detail is done right. When a roof is installed properly, the first time, and is well maintained, it can last decades without any problems.